• Senate OKs ban on cell phones while driving

    by  • May 23, 2013

    (AP) — The Senate has approved a plan that would ban the use of cell phones while driving. Senators voted 34-20 Thursday, but the matter must go back to the House for consideration of an amendment that deals with ticketing. Gov. Pat Quinn’s spokeswoman says the Chicago Democrat will review the bill once it...

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    Ex-Adams Co. drug court head faces drug charges

    by  • May 23, 2013

    The former leader of a western Illinois county’s drug court is facing federal charges that he maintained a drug house. The Quincy Herald-Whig  reports 59-year-old John Grotts of Ursa made his first court appearance Wednesday on the federal charges that replace two state methamphetamine-related charges. The former head of the Adams County Drug Court...

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    White County man fit for murder trial

    by  • May 23, 2013

    The White County man accused of a double murder from August of last year has been found fit to stand trial. Danny Coston, 37, is accused of murdering 17-year-old Jessica Evans of Norris City and her 22-year-old boyfriend Jacob Wheeler of Carmi. Gallatin county judge tom foster found Coston fit to stand trial after...

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    Judge halts transfer of Murray residents

    by  • May 23, 2013

    Federal judge Ruben Castillo today ordered the State of Illinois to stop the transfers of any Murray Center residents until 10:30 a.m. May 30, when Judge Marvin Aspen returns from vacation. Castillo, an emergency judge, heard the arguments of the Illinois League of Advocates for the Developmentally Disabled, on a motion they had filed...

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